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BPPI promotes Bali tourism AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA
Balinese dancers perform during a welcoming ceremony in Denpasar on Indonesia’s island resort of Bali on May 31, 2013. Through cultural and religious approach, the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) made tourism promotion of Bali in the hope to draw more tourists from India. Bali Post
JAKARTA - Through cultural and religious approach, the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) made tourism promotion of Bali in the hope to draw more tourists from India. “We deliberately promote the Bali tourism in India,” said Chairperson of the BPPI, SB Wiryanti Sukamdani, in a press conference in Jakarta, last week. Other than India, said Yanti, her party would also promote the Indonesian tourism in China and Turkey. She ascertained if the campaign undertaken would not overlap with the working program made
by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. “Even though they have the same goal namely to increase foreign tourist visits, our mission will not be overlapping,” she explained.
Without mentioning the ﬁgure, said Yanti, the tourist visit from India continued to increase. As recorded, during January-April 2013 the tourist visit from India increased by 15 percent over the same period last year. “We are optimistic that with the direct promotion we will be able to draw tourists from India to meet the national target of tourist visit reaching 9 million people,” she said. To meet the national target, said Yanti, the BPPI launched three major programs in the tourism promotion. Firstly, she
said that low season tourism was the time when only a few people traveling so that the tourism industry faced a decline in tourist visits. “Usually, the tourism business offers lower prices in low seasons than in high season,” she said. The second program, said Yanti, was creative tourism namely the tourism offering visitors a creative experience with the opportunity to live in high quality accommodation. Meanwhile, the third program was green tourism or sustainable tourism namely the tourism tak-
ing into account the need of the environment, local occupation and business. “Green tourism business is actively engaged in reducing the environmental and social negative impacts of tourism activities,” she said. Accompanied by the Executive Director of the BPPI Fathul Bahri, Yanti said that her party organized a Creative Tourism Workshop in Bali on May 30-31. The selection of the theme on creative tourism was adapted to the tourism development currently happening in Indonesia and the world. (010)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Bali News Gubernatorial election of Bali unlawful
Bali Electoral Commission must be responsible Bali Post
DENPASAR - Various circle assessed the Bali gubernatorial election is unlawful. The Bali Electoral Commission (KPU) as the electoral organizer was accused of committing many mistakes and legal infringement as well as acting inconsistent to implement the laws and regulations relating to the election and administration of the Electoral Commission. Chairman of the National Committee of the Indonesian Youth (KNPI) Bali, Gede Antaguna, afﬁrmed that Bali Electoral Commission and its subordinate ranks should be responsible for the mistakes to the public and people of Bali. “We support the measure taken by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) reporting the Electoral Commission to the DKPP, if necessary all the commissioners of the Bali Electoral Commission are ﬁred because the attitude and policies taken were big mistakes and infringed the laws. As organizer of the Bali gubernatorial election, the Bali Electoral Commission is no longer independent, transparent and fair,” said Antaguna accompanied by a lecturer from the Udayana University, Prof. Dr. Wayan Windia, in the dialogue taking the theme ‘Leading to Honest, Fair and Transparent Election of Governor and Deputy Governor of Bali.’ The dialogue was held by the Bali Indonesian National Forum (FKIB) on Sunday (Jun 2). Antaguna said that Bali Electoral Commission and the ranks had committed a variety of mistakes. Firstly, it started from the recapitulation plenary at the county/ municipality to provincial level; the Electoral Commission had made a mistake without accommodating the objection of the PAS witnesses to recount the votes by opening the C-1 documents. Secondly, the meeting after determination of the winner in the Bali gubernatorial election, the process of Bali gubernatorial election had not completed because there remained a legal process in the form of lawsuit ﬁled by the PAS package to Constitutional Court over the results Bali gubernatorial election. However, the Bali Electoral Commission
had committed a big mistake by instructing the county/municipal Electoral Commission to open the ballot recap boxes. According to him, the opening of ballot recap boxes was very sensitive. “Before any decision is made by the Constitutional Court, the Electoral Commission should not instruct to open the ballot box. Why should it be opened at this time? Does the Electoral Commission not have the data so that it needs to open the ballot box? It is very sensitive,” he said. He agreed with the professor of Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, Udayana University, Prof. Dr. R. Ibrahim, assessing the action of the Electoral Commission to open the ballot box was a big mistake and categorized into severe lawlessness. Even, the action of the Bali and county/municipal Electoral Commission opening the ballot recap box could cause anxiety and confusion in the community and even disturbed the peace of Bali and chaos in the society. Regarding the lawsuit of the PDI-P to Constitutional Court, according to him, was a rational thing. However, he cautioned if the PDI-P was better to prepare itself in order it could win the lawsuit. “The PDI-P must learn from the defeat in the Constitutional Court related to the regional leader election in North Sumatra and West Java. Without a mature preparation, PDI-P is feared to fail again in the lawsuit to Constitutional Court for the Bali gubernatorial election,” he said. Similar opinion was delivered by another professor from the Udayana University, Prof. Wayan Widia. This ex-legislator in the Central House of Representative said it was fair if the PDI-P ﬁled
Various circle assessed the Bali gubernatorial election is unlawful. The Bali Electoral Commission (KPU) as the electoral organizer was accused of committing many mistakes and legal infringement as well as acting inconsistent to implement the laws and regulations relating to the election and administration of the Electoral Commission. a lawsuit to the Constitutional Court. His party also appreciated the PDI-P to take such legal action. “It is worth appreciating because it is a good political learning in the community. It’s better to be ﬁled to Constitutional Court as part of upholding the democratic process,” he said. But according to Prof. Windia, the PDI-P lawsuit to Constitutional Court would not happen if the Bali Electoral Commission had sensitiveness to the objection of the PAS witness in the recapitulation plenary meeting at the provincial level on May 26. If the C-1 form was opened and re-calculated as the request of PAS witness, then all parties would be able to accept the results sincerely and the PDI-P would be unnecessary to sue to Constitutional Court. According to him, the intention of PDI-P to open the C-1 form represented the attitude
upholding honesty, fairness and transparency as well as harmony and togetherness in resolving any problem. “I think the Bali Electoral Commission lacked of sensitiveness to the problems faced. As a result, it will have a bad impact on this region,” he said. Prof. Windia also criticized the Bali Electoral Commission instructing to open the ballot box. According to him, the Bali Electoral Commission had no longer been transparent with this problem. Quietly opening of the ballot recap boxes without involving any witness was also prone to cause conﬂicts. “If the Electoral Commission opened the ballot box without involving any witness, it is dishonest and not transparent as well as can lead to conﬂict,” he said. Previously, (BP, Jun 2) Chairman of the Bali Electoral Commission, Ketut Sukawati Lanang Putra Prabawa, said there was no instruction to open the ballot boxes but only inventoried the data. “The data we
need are not the data in the ballot box at polling station level, but the data in the ballot recap box at village level or voting committee. We need the data as preparation for facing the lawsuit in the Constitutional Court,” he said. Related to the accusation if the Bali Electoral Commission broke the law as opening the recap box without involving any witnesses of each candidate, his party did not do anything against the law because there was no rule governing the mechanism of opening the box. So, the Electoral Commission opening the recap box after the determination of winner of the Bali gubernatorial election could not be said to infringe because there was no rule yet. Regarding a number of county/municipal Electoral Commissions that forced to open the recap box of voting committee without involving any witness of both candidates as protested by the PAS package, Lanang conﬁrmed that steps after determining the winner indeed still had norm void because there were no rules governing the matter. (kmb29)
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Coal production forecast to overshoot coal production target Antara
NUSA DUA - Indonesia’s coal production is forecast to reach 400 million tons this year overshooting the target of 390 million tons, producers said. Demand for coal on the domestic and international markets remain stable despite report of import cut by China, Executive Director of The Indonesian Association of Coal Producers (APBI) Supriatna Suhala said. The market of low rank coal remains stable with growing demand from coal fired power plants offsetting import cut by China, Supriatna told Coal Trans Asia Conference in here on Monday. He said growing demand for coal especially for low calorie coal has boosted production. It is obvious from the production in the first three months of this year reaching 95 million tons, he pointed out. “Seeing the trend we believe the production target of 390 million tons would be exceeded,” he said. Last year, the country’s coal production totaled 386 million tons, and 75 million of the production was for domestic market with the rest exported. In 2013, the domestic requirement is expected to rise to 80 million tons, Supriatna said. He said the Chinese ban on imports of low rank coal will certainly had impact on the market as China is a major market for Indonesia’s coal. Indonesia has exported 90 million tons of coal to China per year. Supriatna, however, said he believed Indonesia will not find much difficulty in disposing of its coal production. Exports could be directed to India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and other ASEAN countries, he said. He said demand for coal in developing economies would continue to climb to feed coal-fired power plants. India is building coal-fired power plants up to 100,000 megawatts in capacity, he cited saying India, therefore, would need to import coal estimated to reach 150,000 tons per year. “Therefore, I am optimistic the market demand for coal would remain strong and continue to grow in the next 10 years,” he said. In addition, there has been no confirmation of the Chinese plan to ban imports of low rank coal, he said.
Not worried Minister of energy Jero Wacik also said Indonesia is not worried about China’s plan to ban import of low rank coal from the country saying Indonesia could still find other markets. “We can still find other markets other than China such as India, South Korea and others,” he said when opening the 19th CoalTrans Asia conference here on Monday. He said it was China’s right to do it and every country has its own policy. Besides seeking other markets the minister said Indonesia could also increase its domestic market in exchange for the Chinese market. So, Indonesia need not worry about it and until now national coal markets have not yet been affected, he said adding national coal production this year is expected to reach 391 million tons. Jero Wacik nonetheless had called on coal producers not to be discouraged by the development and to continue to boost the country’s economic growth. So, although the price of coal is down, producers must not only keep complaining but must work in cooperation with the government to increase coal contribution to national energy, he said. Coal contribution is expected to rise from 24.5 percent to 33 percent by 2025 based on the national energy policy while the role of oil will be down from 49.7 percent to 20 percent.
People watching the site of Gelang Agung Temple. Hundreds of Chinese and Vietnamese perforated coins originating from the thirteenth century and various other antiquities could be found in the excavation site.
At Gelang Agung Temple in Petang
Researchers ﬁnd hundreds of antiquities Bali Post
MANGUPURA — Hundreds of Chinese and Vietnamese perforated coins originating from the thirteenth century and various other antiquities could be found in the excavation site in the Gelang Agung Temple at Buangga hamlet, Getasan village, Petang subdistrict. The research team from the Archaeological Institute of Denpasar also managed to ﬁnd two building structures buried in the ground at the location. The antiquities having been excavated since May 22, 2013 included 322 pieces of Chinese and Vietnamese perforated coins from thirteenth century until the twentieth century. Besides, the team also encountered various pottery shards, sarcophagus and two structures in the ground. The oldest perforated coins found originated in the Song Dynasty in the thirteenth century amounting to 220 pieces. The other perforated coins were estimated to originate from Ming Dynasty (14th-17th centuries), the Qing Dynasty (17th20th centuries) and Vietnamese perforated coins (14th-17th centuries). Such archaeological remains indicated the presence of cultural contact of Bali to China and India at the location. According to Chairman of the Gelang Agung Research Team AA Gede Oka Astawa accompanied by Nyoman Sunarya on Sunday (Jun 2), the structures found at the location were made from piles of rock stones. Allegedly, the building structures
were the basis of ancient building closely related to worship activity. From the results of excavation on the spit 5 or 1.25 meters depth, it was clearly seen the foundation of a long enough building. Nevertheless, his party could not ensure the type of building. Further excavation and research should be made to track it down. One thing that had been ascertained by the researchers was that both building structures belonged to different types. To ensure them, his party should ask for permission to local community to continue the research. The excavation made at this time was only a small portion because it was impossible to make other excavation to a number of
buildings in the Gelang Agung Temple because the buried structures lay crosswise beneath the current building. “Now, it depends on local community here. If we are permitted, there may be a further research because it was just a small portion. To be sure, we got a good discovery here,” said Astawa. Aside from at Gelang Agung Temple, his party had also made a research at a number of locations at Buangga and Getasan hamlet. One of the antiquities found in some temples at Getasan was sarcophagus. Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that there were cultural activities around the Gelang Agung Temple in ancient times. (kmb25)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Apuan road avalanches
200 families at risk of being isolated Bali Post TABANAN - Avalanche disaster continued to hit Tabanan. Most recently, the road at Kalibubuk hamlet, Apuan village, Baturiti, was hit by ﬂooding, Sunday (Jun 2). As a result, the road almost disconnected. Approximately 200 families were threatened to be isolated. Worried residents evacuated the entire car to outside the settlement. The avalanche occurred at 12:00 a.m. was triggered by persistent heavy rains in Tabanan area. Incidentally, the avalanched cliffs were not protected by revetment, but only overgrown by clumps of wild bamboo. Due to heavy rain, the land at location turned unstable, and avalanched with a width of about 20 meters. Some bamboo groves were dragged by the avalanche to the depth of 25 meters. As a result, the concrete road only remained 2 meters. “Fortunately, no residents was passing when the avalanche occurred,” said customary hamlet chief of Kalibubuk, Ketut Lidra, 49, at location of the avalanche. When seeing the avalanche, residents behind the avalanched road got panicked. Feared of being isolated, they rushed to move their car to local hamlet hall located behind the road that had not avalanched. “A total of 5 cars have been evacuated. Local residents worried if the road would be disconnected and isolated,” said Lidra. Moreover, the avalanche began to widen and continue to erode the road body. More worryingly, the house of residents would also get eroded by the avalanche because the avalanched cliff was
only about 4 meters from the house wall of residents. After the avalanche, the road could only be passed through by motorcycle with extra care. The man added the avalanche disaster had long been feared by people because the road passing the local hamlet was on a steep cliff top. It was concreted independently in 2007. Since then, it never got any improvement assistance whereas it was the only road access connecting the village to outside area. “If the road is disconnected, people will certainly be unable to leave the village,” complained Lidra. Alternative road connecting to Baru village in Marga was about 4 kilometers. Unluckily, it could only be traversed on foot. According to Lidra, there were at least 5 points of avalanche in the region. Of this amount, only one point got severe condition. Nevertheless, the avalanched points should be alerted. Moreover, heavy rains constantly IBP/Budi Wiriyanto ﬂushed every day. This incident had Avalanche disaster continued to hit Tabanan. Most recently, the road at Kalibubuk hamlet, Apuan village, Baturiti, was hit by ﬂooding, Sunday (Jun 2). been reported to local headman. On behalf of residents, Lidra hoped there would be assistance avalanche. “Without a handling, we avalanche continued to haunt Ta- ment of Beji Temple at Pejaten vilfrom the government, especially worry there will be a more severe banan. After the road and bridge at lage, Kediri. It could be ascertained Bangli village in Baturiti, another the losses caused by the disaster. for the making of revetment on subsequent avalanche,” he said. Within the past few days, the avalanche disaster struck the revet- (kmb30) the verge of road eroded by the
Perancak ﬁshermen reluctant to go to sea Bali Post
Hundreds of traditional ﬁshermen at Perancak village have not gone to sea since the past week. Adverse weather engulﬁng Jembrana waters forced them to tether their boats on land.
NEGARA - Hundreds of traditional ﬁshermen at Perancak village have not gone to sea since the past week. Adverse weather engulﬁng Jembrana waters forced them to tether their boats on land. Moreover, a few desperate ﬁshermen going to sea on Saturday morning (Jun 1) almost drowned after their boat overturned as swept away by high waves. As information obtained on Sunday (Jun 2), the ﬁsherman almost drowning was Putu Arnama, 48. On Saturday morning, he went to sea alone in the waters of Perancak with a motorized ﬁber boat. When departing, he claimed the weather was ﬁne and the sea was calm. Even, he had been ﬁshing to the middle of the ocean. The weather turned adverse when he was about to head back to shore. When approaching the Perancak estuary, suddenly a huge wave hit the boat upside down. Luckily, there were some ﬁshermen seeing the incident at that time. Some ﬁshermen also going to land immediately approached to save him. When the boat was upside down, the victim was bounced away from the boat and had trouble to grab the handle on boat. “Three of my friends in the back gave a help,” he said. Some ﬁshermen on the beach knowing the incident promptly attempted to help save him. In addition to the victim, his boat and engine could be saved. Unfortunately, all his ﬁshing tools and ﬁsh catches were missing. As a result of the incident, the victim suffered losses up to IDR 1.7 million. (kmb26)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Dengue fever case increases in four counties Bali Post
DENPASAR - Though not recording the case as much as in the previous years, the dengue fever in 2013 remained one of the diseases needing to be watched out. Increasing cases in 2013 began to be visible in April and May. Such an increase occurred in four regions, namely Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan. The increasing dengue fever case in the four regions happened due to population density and the environment supporting the development of the dengue fever vector. The Head of Bali Health Agency, Ketut Suarjaya, when contacted on Sunday (Jun 2) said that in terms of annual cycle of the disease caused by the virus spread by the mosquito Aedes Aigypti indicated the peak in June. Meanwhile, the increase in the dengue fever case in April and May happened due to rain and favorable environmental condition for mosquito development. “When compared to previous years, the case remains lower,” said Suarjaya. Statistically, the number incident rate of dengue fever in 2013 reached 68 per 100,000 inhabit-
ants, while the case fatality rate (CFR) was less than 1 percent. Until April 2013, the data showed 2,224 cases with three deaths namely two residents of Denpasar and another resident of Gianyar. To make prevention against the increase of dengue fever cases, the Bali Health Agency in collaboration with the county/municipality health agency and health care service took some measures such as holding socialization to increase public awareness, eradicate mosquito breeding as well as live a clean and healthy lifestyle. “The best way to deal with the dengue fever is the eradication of mosquito nest. It is expected to be conducted simultaneously in all the regions at least every week. If it can be undertaken, the dengue fever cases will surely decline,” said Suarjaya. Virtually similar measure was also undertaken by the Denpasar Health Agency. Aside from distributing pamphlets regarding the awareness against dengue fever as well as socialization on the eradication of mosquito nest, it also intensified the mosquito spraying by using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) conducted from May to the upcoming June. (kmb24)
Regional Ofﬁce of the Director General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance of Bali Province held a workshop on the synergy of ﬁnancial management for the implementation of the Finance Minister Regulation No.169/PMK/01/2012 on the Organization and Administration of Vertical Institutions in the Directorate General of Treasury, in Denpasar, Saturday (Jun 1).
Manage regional ﬁnance
Regional government asked to increase synergy Bali Post
DENPASAR - Regional Ofﬁce of the Director General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance of Bali Province held a workshop on the synergy of ﬁnancial management for the implementation of the Finance Minister Regulation No.169/PMK/01/2012 on the Organization and Administration of Vertical Institutions in the Directorate General of Treasury, in Denpasar, Saturday (Jun 1). The activity was expected to build a mutual understanding and increase the synergy and coordination between the Directorate General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance and the local government in the effort to achieve a better, transparent and accountable regional and state ﬁnancial management.
Though not recording the case as much as in the previous years, the dengue fever in 2013 remained one of the diseases needing to be watched out. Increasing cases in 2013 began to be visible in April and May. Such an increase occurred in four regions, namely Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar and Tabanan.
Rudy Widodo, Director of Treasury Management, Directorate General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance, after opening the workshop hoped to cooperate with Regional Office of the Directorate General of Treasury as the representative of the Ministry of Finance in the region to jointly realize the synergies and coordinate the implementation of the good, transparent and accountable ﬁnancial management of local and state fund. “We hope this workshop is the entrance to realize a better coordination and implementation of ﬁnancial management of regional and state ﬁnance,” he said. He added that all this time there remained a difference in the ﬁnancial management system of the central government and regional governments so that it was required coordination and synergy. “There should be an established system. On that account, we are coordinating to create a system of ﬁnancial management at central and local governments
nationwide. Such an effort is implemented through a bridge named the Government Financial System (GFS),” he said. Rudy assessed that Bali government and county/municipal government across Bali had implemented the ﬁnancial management quite well. The indicator was measured by opinion given by the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) of Bali representative in response to Local Government Finance Report (LKPD) in the form of fair with exception (WDP). In response to the persistence of the overpriced projects or procurement of goods and services as the ﬁndings of the Bali Supreme Audit Agency, Rudy asked the implementation of goods and service spending should be tailored to the existing standards so that it did not result in any overpricing. Meanwhile, the Head of the Regional Office of Directorate General of Treasury of Bali Province doubling as Chairman of the
Workshop Committee, Ida Bagus Gede Kartika Manuaba, said the workshop was held pursuant to direction of the Ministry of Finance that the Regional Ofﬁce of Directorate General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance, was expected to serve as a representative of the Ministry of Finance in the region especially in ﬁscal matters. This activity was expected to provide an understanding in order to create synergy between the central and regional government in ﬁnancial management. Director of Regional Funding Evaluation and Financial Information, Director General of Regional Financial Balance, Yusrizal Ilyas, said that in the future the Director General of Treasury would serve as representative of the Minister of Finance in the region that would get in touch with local government in the implementation of ﬁnancial balance. “It’s the subject matter that we need to discuss and be implemented,” he said. (kmb29)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
North Korea dominates Park’s 100 days Agence France-Presse
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President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Jacob Mathew, speaks during the opening ceremony of the 65th World Newspaper Congress at a hotel in Bangkok on June 3, 2013. More than 1,000 publishers, editors and other ﬁgures from the media have gathered for the World Newspaper Congress taking place until June 5.
World newspapers mull paywalls for survival Agence France-Presse
BANGKOK - Global newspaper chiefs have some rare good news to share after years of slumping print sales and advertising revenues -- readers appear increasingly willing to pay for online news. Over 1,000 newspaper editors and other media ﬁgures are meeting in Bangkok this week as papers continue to shed readers -at least in the older markets -- and the shift to the Internet draws more “eyeballs” but lower ad rates. Press freedom, journalist safety, the use of new technology and future trends in print and advertising will all also be discussed at the four-day annual World Newspaper Congress, which runs until June 5. The issue of charging readers for web and mobile content looms largest, with editors casting an envious eye at media groups who have successfully implemented “paywalls” after years of giving away news for free. “The general impression was that it would be impossible to reverse the culture of free (online) content... that people will never pay for it,” said Gilles Demptos of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. “The great news is that is changing dramatically,” he added, citing the boom in paid-for online subscriptions for the “highquality” journalism of the New York Times and Financial Times. Last month the New York Times became the second most-read US daily newspaper, with a circulation of over 1 million, boosted by 325,000 new digital readers -- who have joined since a paywall was introduced in 2011.
For $35 a month subscribers gain unlimited access to the New York Times’ website and mobile apps, while casual visitors to its website can still read 10 articles without charge per month. The paywall trend -- either full or “metered” -- has tentatively taken off across the world, although many publishers closely guard the numbers of paying subscribers signed up. Newspapers have few choices, said Demptos, as advertisers continue to balk at spending on a diffuse online audience the sums editors want -- and need -- to sustain quality journalism. “It’s often repeated that a dollar in print becomes a dime online,” Demptos said, adding that the US’s biggest publisher, Gannett Company, has introduced paywalls on all of its 80 websites, while metered access was offsetting ad declines at Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post. While that should be a harbinger of better times ahead, analysts say it is a model that may only buoy top-end titles, such as the New York Times, even though just a fraction of its unique users now pay for content. “There are many newspapers that are not very good that are trying to charge and I do not believe that will work,” says media commentator and blogger Jeff Jarvis, of the City University of New York.
Moreover, the newspaper industry’s “infatuation with paywalls” was encouraging it “to replicate its old, industrial business models in a new, digital reality,” he said, adding the real problem remains a lack of “engagement” with web communities. Those young, tech-savvy communities are increasingly receiving their information on reader-driven social news sites such as BuzzFeed.com or Reddit, which says 70 million people visited its site last month. Newspapers should prioritise “building a stronger relationship with the public we serve,” Jarvis said, warning success in doing so will dictate the odds of long-term survival. But it is not all doom and gloom for news chiefs, with many Asian print markets booming in parallel with their economies and increasingly literate and aspirational populations. “I have absolute conﬁdence in Asia,” said Pichai Chuensuksawadi editorin-chief of Thailand’s Post Publishing, which counts the daily Bangkok Post in its stable. “It’s still a growth market driven mainly by China, India and Indonesia,” he said, citing new print products -- such as giveaway commuter papers -- being gobbled up by the Thai public as signs of a regional market in robust health.
SEOUL - As presidential baptisms go, being threatened with a pre-emptive nuclear strike within 10 days of taking ofﬁce is probably about as ﬁery as it gets. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye will have completed 100 days on Tuesday -- a period dominated by soaring military tensions with North Korea that included Pyongyang’s dire warnings of nuclear armageddon. Throw in a parliamentary deadlock, high-proﬁle resignations and a sex scandal that tainted the diplomatic highlight of her presidency so far, and it adds up to a heady three months since Park was sworn in as her country’s ﬁrst woman leader. The daughter of South Korea’s late military strongman, Park Chung-Hee, the 61-year-old Park was elected in December to revitalise an economy seen as running out of steam and ideas after decades of rapid growth. She promised to create millions of jobs, many of them in a new “creative economy” that would shift the focus away from heavy manufacturing and take South Korea to another level by rewarding innovation and entrepreneurship. For most of the electorate, North Korea was an also-ran campaign issue, but by the time Park was inaugurated on February 25, the North had carried out its third nuclear test and was topping the global news headlines. Tensions on the Korean peninsula surged throughout March and April, fuelled by Pyongyang’s fury at fresh UN sanctions and joint South Korea-US military exercises. While the crisis focused attention on North Korea’s young, inexperienced and little-known leader Kim Jong-Un, the untested Park also came under close scrutiny. She had stumbled out of the blocks domestically, as opposition parties responded to plans for a structural government overhaul with a parliamentary roadblock that held up key appointments and left her without a functioning cabinet for weeks. As the stand-off with North Korea intensiﬁed, her nominee for defence minister withdrew amid allegations of past wrongdoings, compounding concerns that Park tended to make major appointments and decisions without adequate consultation. “In terms of personnel management, I’d give her a generous D-minus,” said sociology professor Chun Sangchin of Sogang University. “She ﬂunked it basically.” By the end of March, her polling numbers had fallen signiﬁcantly, according to monthly tracking surveys carried out by the Seoul-based Asan Institute think-tank. But the still-escalating crisis with North Korea turned things around. During the 2012 election campaign, only eight percent of South Koreans had cited relations with the North as a top issue. By April this year, with Pyongyang issuing daily threats of war, that had changed to 30 percent. In concert with Washington, Park refused to offer any concessions to calm Pyongyang down, despite fears that Kim Jong-Un might be willing to tip the situation over the edge. When the North took the drastic step of withdrawing its workers from the Seoul-funded Kaesong joint industrial zone, Park responded by pulling out managers and staff of the South Korean ﬁrms there. “She had been struggling out of the gate, but North Korea gave her the chance to look presidential and she really nailed it,” said Karl Friedhoff, programme ofﬁcer at the Asan Institute’s Public Opinion Studies Center. “She called the North’s bluff on Kaesong and that resonated very well,” Friedhoff said.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Birthday boy Nadal, Djokovic eye last-eight Agence France-Presse PARIS - Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal looks to celebrate his 27th birthday on Monday by reaching the French Open quarter-ﬁnals, while world number one Novak Djokovic faces up to a ghost of the past.
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Pacers’ Hibbert ﬁned for anti-gay remarks Agence France-Presse INDIANAPOLIS - The NBA slapped Indiana center Roy Hibbert with a $75,000 ﬁne Sunday for his post-game tirade after the Pacers’ game-six playoff victory over the Miami Heat. Hibbert was disciplined for “inappropriate language” after he used a gay slur in one answer and swore in another during a press conference following the Pacers’ 91-77 win over defending champions Miami on Saturday night. Asked about his defence on Miami superstar LeBron James, Hibbert ended his response with the phrase “no homo”. Hibbert apologized, but league commissioner David Stern wasn’t going to let him off that easy. “While Roy has issued an apology, which is no doubt sincere, a ﬁne is necessary to reinforce that such offensive comments will not be tolerated by the NBA,” Stern said. The issue of homophobia in pro sports team locker rooms has been at the fore in recent weeks, with veteran NBA center Jason Collins going public with the fact that he’s gay in April to become the ﬁrst active player in a major US men’s pro league to do so. Collins, a free agent after playing with the Washington Wizards last season,
hasn’t played since sharing his sexuality publicly, but former US national team footballer Robbie Rogers, who announced he was gay and retired from football in February, this month returned to the game playing for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy. Hibbert tried to limit the damage Sunday morning, apologizing in a statement issued by the Pacers for “insensitive remarks”. “They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reﬂection of my personal views,” said Hibbert, who had already reached out to Collins via Twitter asking for a private discussion with his fellow player. “I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used deﬁnitely has no place in a public forum,” added the player, who had deﬁantly said during the news conference he didn’t care if the league ﬁned him for his frank -- and profane -- opinion on why he ﬁnished well down in Defensive Player of the Year voting by the media. “Y’all mother-fuckers don’t watch us play throughout the year, to tell you the truth,” Hibbert said. “That’s ﬁne. I’m going to be real with you. And I don’t care if I get ﬁned.” The Pacers and Heat are tied 3-3 in the best-of-seven series and will battle for a place in the NBA ﬁnals in the decisive game seven on Monday.
Nadal, bidding to be the ﬁrst man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times, plays Kei Nishikori who is trying to become just the second Japanese man to reach the last eight after Jiro Satoh, who made the quarter-ﬁnals in 1931 and 1933. Nadal, the third seed, has a 55-1 winning record at the French Open, but his passage to the fourth round has been far from convincing after dropping the opening sets of his ﬁrst two rounds for the ﬁrst time in his career. But since returning from a sevenmonth injury lay-off in February, the Spaniard has built up an impressive run of six titles in eight ﬁnals. He has also won 34 of his 36 matches on clay in 2013 -- he lost to Horacio Zeballos in his first tournament back at Vina del Mar in February before seeing his eightyear winning streak at Monte Carlo ended by Djokovic in April. Nishikori, the 13th-seed, is already the first Japanese man to reach the last 16 in Paris since Fumiteru Nakano in 1938. Top seed Djokovic, who needs
a French Open to become only the eighth man to claim a career Grand Slam, takes on German 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Signiﬁcantly it was a 2009 defeat to the German in the third round which helped Djokovic become the force that he is today. He is bidding to reach his 16th consecutive Grand Slam quarterﬁnal -- the last time he failed to reach the last eight at a major was at 2009 Roland Garros. Tommy Haas, the 35-year-old 12th-seeded German, plays Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, looking to become the oldest Grand Slam quarter-ﬁnalist since Andre Agassi at the 2005 US Open. If he defeats Youzhny, the 29th seed on Court Suzanne Lenglen, he will also become the third German man to complete a set of Grand Slam quarter-ﬁnal appearances. Roland Garros will have at least one new quarter-ﬁnalist as Richard Gasquet, the French seventh seed, and Stanislas Wawrinka, the ninth seed from Switzerland, face each other.
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Sp rt Dempsey scores two as US edges Germany Agence France-Presse
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England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left, celebrates after scoring against Brazil during an international soccer friendly at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 2, 2013.
Brazil held 2-2 by England Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO — Paulinho equalized late on with a volley for Brazil to draw 2-2 with England on Sunday and prevent the 2014 World Cup hosts from losing their opening match at the revamped Maracana stadium. After Fred put Brazil ahead in the 57th minute in Rio de Janeiro, Wayne Rooney teed up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s leveler and then curled England in front with a deﬂected goal. But Paulinho’s goal in the 82nd minute ensured England would fail to replicate its victory over Brazil at Wembley Stadium four months ago. “You want to be able to close out the game, so in that sense we are disappointed,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told British broadcaster Sky Sports. “But the boys showed great passion and great ﬁght ... it’s tough coming away in the heat.” About 66,000 fans were in the Maracana, which has undergone renovations worth an estimated $1 billion to turn it into a 79,000-seat venue. The game was thrown into doubt last week when a judge ruled the stadium was unsafe, but the order was overturned. The confusion reflected the various cost overruns and delays in building stadiums in Brazil ahead
of the Confederations Cup, which starts in two weeks as a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup. Brazil’s prospects of replicating its 2002 World Cup success are currently looking distant, with Luis Felipe Scolari’s side having won just one of its past six games. Star Brazil forward Neymar, who heads to Barcelona after the game for his ofﬁcial presentation after signing a ﬁve-year deal at the Spanish champions, could ﬁnd no way past goalkeeper Joe Hart. Hart also denied Hulk and Filipe Luis in quick succession in the ﬁrst half, and blocked a powerful shot from Oscar. “We didn’t play well in the ﬁrst half, but we battled and dug deep,” Hart said. Brazil goalkeeper Cesar denied Theo Walcott twice in a ﬁrst half dominated by the hosts. Their breakthrough came after the break when Hernanes hit the crossbar and Fred pounced from close range to stab the ball into the net. England’s fortunes turned after Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced
Glen Johnson on the hour, 29 years after his father Mark Chamberlain appeared for England in the same stadium. It took just seven minutes for Oxlade-Chamberlain to score. A string of passes led to Rooney knocking the ball back for the Arsenal winger to crack a shot past Cesar. “He ripped it up ... he smashed us back into the game,” Hart said of Oxlade-Chamberlain. As Roy Hodgson’s side gained in conﬁdence, Rooney took on the Brazilian defense, charged into space from the left and curled the ball into the top corner. But Paulinho made sure England failed to follow up its 2-0 win in Rio in 1984, volleying past Hart from Lucas Moura’s cross. “Some draws can be labeled victories and some draws can be labeled defeats,” Hodgson said. “I’m a bit disappointed today, and we were playing so well in the second half I thought we might just hold on to it. But we were scotched by a wonder strike.”
WASHINGTON - US captain Clint Dempsey scored two goals in the second half and the Americans held off a late comeback on Sunday for a 4-3 victory over second-ranked Germany in an international football friendly. Tottenham striker Dempsey netted his 34th and 35th international goals in his 96th appearance for the USA, moving past Eric Wynalda into second on the all-time US scoring list, 14 shy of Landon Donovan’s record. “Having a player like Clint Dempsey on your team is just a privlege,” said US coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “This is one of the best players in US history. He has the hunger and the drive. He sends a message to his own players and also to the opponents.” Former German star Klinsmann guided the Americans against a German side he managed in the 2006 World Cup, a team now guided by his former assistant, Joachim Loew. Dempsey’s brace gave the Americans a dream 4-1 lead in the US Soccer Federation’s centennial celebration match just four days after they struggled in a 4-2 loss to Belgium. “The game with Belgium was simply too embarassing to them,” Loew said. “The US team approached the game with passion and commitment. I was not surprised with the quality of the US team.” A German side missing many of its top stars battled back on late goals by Max Kruse and Julain Draxler, but could not net the equalizer, falling to 6-3 against the Americans, their ﬁrst loss to a US side since falling 2-0 at the 1999 Confederations Cup in Mexico. German substitute Heiko Westermann’s header in the 51st minute off a corner kick from Kruse pulled the visitors within 2-1. But the Americans answered in the 60th minute, Jozy Altidore playing the ball to his right into the penalty area and Dempsey taking it on one bounce and hammering a shot into the back of the net. Dempsey struck again four minutes later, ﬁring a left-footed rocket from just beyond the penalty area for a 4-1 US lead. Kruse pulled one back for the Germans in the 79th minute and Draxler trimmed the margin to 4-3 in the 81st, taking the rebound off a Sydney Sam shot that US goalkeeper Tim Howard sprawled to deﬂect and tapping the ball unchallenged into the goal. But the US stiffened at the ﬁnish to preserve the victory. “We still have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and not allow those two late goals,” Dempsey said. “We’re not happy with the number of goals we have allowed in the last two games. At the same time, we take a lot of conﬁdence from beating a very good team.” German defender Per Mertesacker missed a golden chance from the heart of the penalty area in the 10th minute while one-on-one with Howard, pushing his shot just wide of the goal to the right of the Everton netminder.
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U.S. forward Clint Dempsey
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Mourinho expects Chelsea return this week Agence France-Presse
MADRID - Jose Mourinho has said he expects his return to Chelsea as manager to be conﬁrmed later this week. The Portuguese took charge of Real Madrid for the ﬁnal time on Saturday after a three-year spell in charge and will ﬂy to London on Monday to ﬁnalise the deal. “I cannot speak as manager of Chelsea because I am not. I am going to London and between Monday and the end of the week I will be coach of Chelsea,” he told Spanish television programme Punto Pelota in an interview released on Monday. “I expect to be the next coach of Chelsea. I would like to be it because I was happy in London and I feel that the people love me there. “Life is beautiful and short and in life you have to look for what you think is best for you.” The 50-year-old enjoyed a successful time in charge of Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 as he ended the club’s 50-year wait for a league title by winning back-to-back Premier League crowns in 2005 and 2006. However, Mourinho failed to deliver Russian owner Roman Abramovich the Champions League that he most coveted and after semi-ﬁnal exits to Liverpool in 2005 and 2007, they parted ways after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Rosenborg in September 2007.
Andres Iniesta welcomes Neymar to Barcelona Associated Press AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE
Winner Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo (C) celebrates on the podium with second placed Spain’s Dani Pedrosa (L) and third placed Britain’s Cal Crutchlow after the Italian MotoGP at Mugello’s racetrack on June 2, 2013. Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo won ahead of Spain’s Dani Pedrosa and Britain’s Cal Crutchlow.
Lorenzo completes hat-trick of Italian wins Agence France-Presse
MUGELLO - Spanish defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo eased to victory in the Italian MotoGP for his third successive win in the race on Sunday. The 26-year-old - also world champion in 2010 - brought home his Yamaha well clear of world championship leader Dani Pedrosa on a Honda while British rider Cal Crutchlow recorded his second successive podium place, ﬁnishing third on a Yamaha Tech3. There was huge disappointment for the Italian fans as hero Valentino Rossi crashed out on the ﬁrst lap on his Yamaha after Alvaro Bautista collided with him. Pedrosa still leads the world title race with 103 points, with Lorenzo in second 12 points adrift. Lorenzo, who halted Honda’s dominance of the past year, which had seen them win 13 of the last 16 MotoGP’s, feted his victory.
“This is a special win for us as we have been working very hard as a team,” said Lorenzo, who won the season opening Qatar MotoGP. “I really tried hard to establish a gap over Dani but he kept at me until finally I succeeded at around halfway and then it was race over.” Pedrosa, who has yet to win the world title having finished runner-up three times, said it was a good result given they had not had high hopes. “It was not my day today,” said the 27-year-old, who saw Lorenzo edge ahead of him in MotoGP wins with 25. “We had loads of problems with our grip on the tyres and it was difﬁcult keeping on the track, especially on the corners.” Crutchlow, who ﬁnished second in France a fortnight ago despite a broken leg, was more than satisfied with his performance and said he would have probably caught Pedrosa but eased up when
he saw the other Honda rider Marc Marquez crash out when in second three laps from the end. “I knew when I saw that Marc had gone out that I was assured of a podium ﬁnish and played safe,” he said. “I am pleased with this as I had an allergy this weekend and crashed yesterday, but we did well to bounce back and take third.” Rossi’s fanatical fans saw their hopes of victory for their hero dashed as the 34-year-old crashed out after Bautista came in on him and both went ﬂying. Rossi, who has made a stuttering start to his return to Yamaha, got back on his feet to allay fears of a repeat of the broken leg he suffered at Mugello two years ago in qualifying. Bautista said he hadn’t been aware of Rossi being on the inside. “I didn’t see anything as I went into the corner,” said the 28-yearold Honda Gresini rider. “Then suddenly I felt Valentino’s bike and we both fell off.”
BARCELONA — With Neymar set to become his Barcelona teammate, Andres Iniesta is already predicting a bright future for both the Brazil sensation and the Spanish club. Iniesta says that Neymar is coming “to the best place to grow,” and that he expects the 21-year-old star to become even better when paired in attack with four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi. Neymar is traveling to Barcelona to sign a ﬁve-year contract on Monday after choosing Barcelona over Real Madrid. He led Santos to its greatest run since Pele stopped playing for the club in the 1970s. Neymar helped Santos win the 2010 Brazilian Cup, the 2011 Copa Libertadores and three straight Sao Paulo state championships.
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Brazil’s Neymar, left, controls the ball next to England’s Glen Johnson, right, during an international soccer friendly at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 2, 2013.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Tanah Lot IBP Tanah Lot is a famous destination in Bali Island. It is located on coastal side of Beraban village, Tabanan Regency. Besides being famous for its beautiful scenery, Tanah Lot also famous with its temple. The temple located on the rock with 3 acre size and reachable in a few minute by walk, because it is just 20 meters from the coastal lip. This temple is very famous among tourist destinations in Bali with spectacular view of sunset. At some nooks of coral reef around Tanah Lot Temple there are holy tame snake in black and white color where according to the local society believe that it as a deity property and as the guard of the temple from the bad inďŹ‚uence. The word of Tanah Lot is consisted of two words that are Tanah word interpreted as a reef looking like gili or isle. Lot or Lod word has meaning the sea. So Tanah Lot is meaning the small island ďŹ‚oating on the sea. The location is now called as Tanah Lot has been used at a Megalithic period as a place that looked into holy, proven from the existence of menhir. Pursuant to environmental condition, hence the structure of Tanah Lot Temple is built at irregular reef plain of its angle which is only consisted of one plain yard as Jeroan. The function of this temple can be realized from the function of the main temple building which is located in the temple main area. In this place, there is a main temple to worship the god in form of Dewa Baruna or Bhatara Segara, the sea power. The media of worship to this god is the temple building with 5 storied meanwhile the 3 storied temple building in north part of this area is purposing to worship to Dang Hyang Nirartha. The unique animal can be seen in this temple area is the snake which are generally can be met in the coast. Part of its stomach there are no athwart skin, there is only small skin, but this sea water snake very noxious but snakebite case are very seldom happened, because the sea water snake generally very passive. IBP/File Photo
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Inﬂation slows to 5.47 percent in May Agence France-Presse
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In this photograph taken on May 30, 2013, a mahout tends to nine month old female Sumatran elephant ‘Sarah’ (front) and her mother ‘Suci’ (back) at the Conservation Response Unit area in Aceh Jaya district, Aceh province located on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. Listed as critically endangered, there are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rampant expansion of palm oil, paper plantations, and mines has destroyed nearly 70 percent of the Sumatran elephant’s forest habitat over 25 years, the WWF says, and the animals remain a target of poaching.
Suicide bomber attacks Poso police station
JAKARTA - Indonesia’s inflation rate unexpectedly slowed to 5.47 percent year-on-year in May due to lower food prices, official data showed Monday. Inflation was now back within the government’s 2013 inflation target range of 3.5-5.5 percent, according to the central statistics agency, after slowing from 5.57 percent in April. Inflation also fell 0.03 percent on a monthly basis, compared with a 0.10 percent decline in April. It was the second consecutive month that inflation has slowed following the government’s decision to ease import restrictions which had caused prices of staple foods, such as garlic, to skyrocket at the start of the year. Statistics agency chief Suryamin, who goes by one name, said food prices had fallen due to a “successful price control policy introduced by the government”. However, economists have cautioned that inflation could rise sharply if the government hikes fuel prices for the first time in more than four years, as it is expected to do soon. A rise in fuel prices would push up the cost of everyday goods due to the increased expense of transportation. Indonesia also posted a trade deficit of $1.61 billion in April, after a $100 million surplus the previous month, according to the statistics agency. The turnaround was caused by an increase in imports and weaker prices for commodities, a major export for Indonesia, official data showed. “This was the second highest shortfall in the country’s history,” Credit Suisse economist Robert Prior-Wandesforde said.
POSO - A suspected Islamic militant riding a motorbike blew himself up in an Indonesian police station compound on Monday, injuring a construction worker but no police, ofﬁcials said. The suicide bomber -- believed to be linked to the country’s most wanted terror suspect -- launched the attack after forcing his way into police headquarters in Poso, a town on Sulawesi island known for militant attacks. It was the ﬁrst suicide attack in Indonesia, which has been waging a campaign against Islamist terror groups for over a decade, since September 2011 when a bomber injured dozens in an attack on a Central Java church. “A civilian forced himself into the police station on his motorbike and blew himself up,” said local police spokesman Soemarno, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, adding no one was killed other than the attacker. The attacker burst through the gates of the police compound and detonated the explosives in an open
courtyard near a mosque, he said. Soemarno initially said that no one was hurt in the attack, but later conﬁrmed a construction worker in the area received a minor injury to his left hand. A police source said the man was suspected of being part of an Islamist terror group headed by Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted militant, that hides out in the jungles around Poso and is suspected of carrying out a series of recent attacks. The blast comes after police arrested more than 20 suspects and killed eight in a series of raids last month, including some who were suspected of raising funds for Santoso’s group. As the motorcyclist drove into the compound, there was a small explosion -- possibly a detonator -- followed by a larger blast, said Suhardi Alius, a national police
spokesman. The explosion caused minor damage to some cars and broke windows, said Poso police chief Susnadi, who also goes by one name. The bomb was homemade and consisted of nails packed into a plastic lunch box, he added. As well as being a militant hideout, the area around Poso was also the site of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians between the late 1990s and mid-2000s that left thousands dead. Indonesia has waged a crackdown on terror groups over the past decade following attacks against Western targets, including the 2002 Bali bombings -- a campaign that has been credited with weakening key networks. Recent attacks have tended to be low-impact and target Indonesian security forces.
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A vendor attends to her vegetable stall at a market in Jakarta on June 3, 2013. Indonesia’s inﬂation rate unexpectedly slowed to 5.47 percent year-on-year in May due to lower food prices, ofﬁcial data showed June 3. Inﬂation was now back within the government’s 2013 inﬂation target range of 3.5-5.5 percent, according to the central statistics agency, after slowing from 5.57 percent in April.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
BUSINESS EU central bank chief sees ‘gradual’ recovery Agence France-Presse
(L to R) US Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen, Douglas Flint, group chairman of HSBC Holdings plc, Jaime Caruana, general manager of the Bank for International Settlements and Adair Turner, former chairman of Britain’s Financial Service Authority, attend an international monetary conference in Shanghai on June 3, 2013. (AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS)
US studying risk from online payment providers Agence France-Presse
SHANGHAI - The United States is studying the potential risk from online payment mechanisms like PayPal and Bitcoin, a top US Federal Reserve ofﬁcial told an international conference on Monday. Some bankers have expressed worries that newer players in the online marketplace could have negative implications for the ﬁnancial system. “We have been talking... with banking organisations over the last year or two, trying more carefully to understand what the concerns are with these new payment mechanisms,” Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen said. But she denied the widespread view that such players operate completely unregulated, saying the United States has a stronger regulatory environment than many are aware of, especially in the area of consumer protection. “In point of fact, at least in the
United States, there are regulations that apply to PayPal and other payment providers,” she told the annual International Monetary Conference in China’s ﬁnancial hub of Shanghai. PayPal is the online payments arm of US Internet retail giant eBay. “But that said, this is very much on our radar screen and we are carefully trying to identify where the risks are,” Yellen added. Last month, US authorities seized the accounts of one Bitcoin digital currency exchange operator, Mutum Sigillum LCC, claiming it was functioning as an “unlicensed money service business”.
Bitcoins were launched in 2009 in the wake of the global ﬁnancial crisis by an anonymous programmer who wanted to create a currency independent of any central bank or ﬁnancial institution. Some ofﬁcials fear the virtual currency can be used by criminals or terrorists, or could be vulnerable to hackers. The United States last month launched a money laundering probe against a digital currency operator, Costa Rica-based Liberty Reserve, which allegedly handled huge amounts of money outside the control of national governments.
SHANGHAI - European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi said Monday he expects a gradual recovery in the crisis-hit eurozone to start later this year despite lingering “vulnerabilities”. “The economic situation in the euro area remains challenging but there are a few signs of a possible stabilisation,” he told an international monetary conference in China’s ﬁnancial hub of Shanghai. “Our baseline scenario continues to be one of a very gradual recovery starting in the latter part of this year,” he said in a speech. His remarks came before the ECB holds a key policy meeting later this week to assess options for ways of stimulating the European Union’s recession-ridden economy following a recent cut in interest rates. The debt crisis that has engulfed several eurozone nations, most notably Greece, has led to speculation of a possible break-up of the monetary union, but Draghi played down the prospect. “Now the union is more resilient and a more stable union than it was before because the overall conviction is that it’s going to stay,” he said in a question-andanswer session. Draghi said that the ECB would “continue to support macroeconomic performance by ensuring price stability in the euro area”. Inﬂation across the eurozone rose to 1.4 percent in May from 1.2 percent in April, the ﬁrst time in months that the reading has increased, ofﬁcial data showed on Friday. Draghi did not directly answer a question on whether the bank was considering quantitative easing to boost the economy, but said the EU had “narrower” options to do this than the United States. Last month, the ECB cut interest rates in an attempt to stimulate the eurozone’s economy, shaving a quarter of a percentage point off the “reﬁ” rate on its main reﬁnancing operations to 0.50 percent. The ECB has two other key rates -- the deposit rate, paid to banks to park excess cash with the ECB, and the marginal lending rate, used as a last resort for banks unable to obtain funding in the wholesale market. The two effectively act as the ﬂoor and ceiling for interest rates in the 17-country eurozone. The ECB has pared back the marginal lending rate by half a point to 1.00 percent, but left the deposit rate unchanged at zero. Any new cuts would therefore entail a cut in the deposit rate, taking the central bank into previously uncharted territory of negative interest rates. “In calibrating our policy response to future challenges, the ECB will remain deeply committed to our monetary policy framework,” Draghi said in his speech. He added that an accommodative monetary policy must be accompanied by “swift” repairs to banks’ balance sheets as well as ﬁscal and structural reforms. In response to a question, he said key policy priorities were preventing the creation of “bubbles” in capital markets and ensuring economic recovery. “One would like to see a stronger recovery taking hold,” he said.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Worst storms over in east, south but more coming Associated Press
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In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, smoke rises from a poultry farm at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Company in Mishazi township of Dehui City, northeast China’s Jilin Province Monday, June 3, 2013. At least 43 people were killed on Monday morning in the poultry processing plant ﬁre. Reports say 43 people have died in the ﬁre which broke out Monday morning.
Fire kills 113 at poultry plant in northeast China Associated Press BEIJING — A massive ﬁre broke out at a poultry plant in northeastern China early Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 113 people, reports and ofﬁcials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province’s Mishazi township, which appeared to have been sparked by three early-morning explosions, the ofﬁcial Xinhua News Agency said. The provincial ﬁre department, on its microblog, attributed the blasts to a leak of ammonia, a gas that is kept pressurized as part of the cooling system in meat processing plants. State broadcaster CCTV quoted unidentiﬁed workers as saying the ﬁre broke out during a change of shifts at the plant, owned by Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co., and may have originated in a locker room at a time when about 350 workers were at the site. It wasn’t clear how many workers had been accounted for and a provincial government media ofﬁcial, who refused to give his name, said he expected the death toll to rise further as more bodies were recovered from the charred bulding. The plant’s “complicated” interior, narrow exits and a locked front gate made escape difﬁcult, Xinhua quoted survivors as saying.
Some employees raised the alarm about a ﬁre shortly after a shift began at 6 a.m., and then the lights went out, spiking the level of panic as workers rushed to ﬁnd an exit, 44-year-old Wang Fengya told Xinhua. “When I ﬁnally ran out and looked back at the plant, I saw high ﬂames,” Wang was quoted as saying. Xinhua said she and three other workers were sent to a hospital in the nearby provincial capital of Changchun. Another worker quoted by Xinhua, 39-year-old Guo Yan, said the emergency exit at her workstation was blocked and she was knocked to the ground in the crush of workers seeking to escape through a side door. “I could only crawl desperately forward,” Guo was quoted as saying. “I worked alongside an old lady and a young girl, but I don’t know if they survived or not.” The disaster killed 113 people, and 54 people were being treated in hospitals, the provincial government said on its microblog. Calls to ﬁre and rescue services rang unanswered and hospital
administrators said they had no information about the injured. By about noon, the ﬁre had been mostly extinguished and bodies were being recovered from the charred buildings. CCTV footage showed dark smoke billowing up from the prefabricated cement structures topped with corrugated iron roofs. The ﬁre highlighted the lax safety standards at many Chinese workplaces. It could also focus renewed scrutiny on China’s biggest pork producer, Shuanghui International — unrelated to the poultry plant — as it aims to buy U.S. food giant Smithﬁeld in what would be China’s biggest takeover of an American company. Jason Yan, technical director of the U.S. Grains Council, in Beijing, said safety considerations usually took a backseat in China to features designed to maximize production and energy efﬁciency. “I’m sure they consider some aspects of safety design. However, I think safety, to me, is not the ﬁrst priority in their design plan,” Yan said. Jilin Baoyuanfeng produces 67,000 tons of processed chicken per year and employs about 1,200 people. The plant is located outside the city of Dehui, about 800 kilometers (250 miles) northeast of China’s capital, Beijing.
PORTLAND — The remnants of a violent storm that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma sent punishing winds and torrential downpours to northern New England and a tornado to South Carolina. And there could be more coming, though meteorologists say the worst is over. The National Weather Service said the work week could begin with storms bringing showers to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic and large hail and high winds to the Great Plains. But it won’t be like Sunday, when storms ﬂattened trees and utility poles in parts of northern New England, delayed ﬂights in New York City and caused a tornado to touch down in South Carolina. The weather service issued a rare tornado warning as a line of thunderstorms raced through New Hampshire into western Maine. It said a tornado warning was issued as radar indicated a possible tornado moving from Kingﬁeld, Maine, to Bingham, Maine. The tornado was not immediately conﬁrmed. By early Monday, more than 19,000 were still without power in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, just under half the number of outages at the peak. Weather service meteorologist Bill Goodman said a slow-moving cold front across the Northeast and midAtlantic could bring more rain on Monday. “We could get repeat showers over the same areas. It’s a recipe for ﬂooding,” he said. In northwestern South Carolina, a tornado knocked a home off its foundation and blew part of the roof off, said Taylor Jones, director of emergency management for Anderson County. Some trees were blown down and there was heavy rain, but no widespread damage. No injuries were reported. “It was an isolated incident,” Jones said. The stormy weather in the New York City region shortened the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game to 5 ½ innings and produced backups at major airports. But by early Monday, delays were down to 15 minutes or less at airports on the East Coast. Patrick Herb, 34, was traveling from Dulles with his 1- and 3-year-olds to his home in Wisconsin, and had his departure time for a connecting ﬂight in Detroit moved back three times. He described the mood at Dulles as “frustration and fatigue.” In other parts of the South, thunderstorms, high winds and hail rolled through as part of a slow-moving cold front. In Texas, the Coast Guard said its crews saved or helped rescue 17 people caught in storms along the Gulf Coast. Lt. Matthew J. Walter of Coast Guard Sector Houston/ Galveston cited “the devastating effects of strong winds and heavy rains” as the reason for three separate boats capsizing. Meanwhile, residents in Oklahoma cleaned up after the storms there killed 13 people, including three veteran storm chasers. Tim Samaras; his son, Paul Samaras; and Carl Young were killed Friday. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the men were involved in tornado research. Authorities said ﬁve children and two adults remained missing and aren’t expected to be found alive. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin toured damage in El Reno, about 30 miles from Oklahoma City. She said the death toll could rise as emergency workers continue searching ﬂooded areas for missing residents. The state Medical Examiner’s Ofﬁce spokeswoman Amy Elliott said the death toll had risen to 13 from Friday’s EF3 tornado, which charged down a clogged Interstate 40 in the western suburbs. Among the dead were two children — an infant sucked out of the car with its mother and a 4-year-old boy who along with his family had sought shelter in a drainage ditch.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Apple battles ebook conspiracy in US court Agence France-Presse
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The picture taken on May 31, 2013 in Taipei shows a woman displaying a smartwatch developed by Sonostar, a Taiwanese golf GPS data base provider. The device is scheduled to hit market in the third quarter, with a price tag of 179 USD. Wearable computing, the next great frontier in consumer electronics, is expected to draw crowds to Taipei’s Computex trade fair, which opens on June 4, as interest in the nascent technology surges.
Spotlight on wearable tech at Asia’s biggest IT fair Agence France-Presse
TAIPEI - Wearable computing, the next great frontier in consumer electronics, is expected to draw crowds to Taipei’s Computex trade fair this week as interest in the nascent technology surges. With rumours of an Apple smart watch around the corner and ongoing hype around Google’s pioneering Glass, all eyes will be set on the ﬁveday tech extravaganza’s “trend zone” where some lesser known brands could also shine. Sonostar Inc, a Taipei-based company that currently sells handheld GPS devices that aid golfers, is among the manufacturers soon to dabble in the ﬁeld of wearable computers. “We saw the huge potential market in 2009 and decided to do research on the smart watch and related apps,” said spokeswoman Marie Liu. Not only will its new watch provide golfers with range-finding services and access to the layouts of 30,000 golf courses, it can also be used by people when they jog or ride bikes to record distance travelled and calories consumed. By coupling the watch with a smartphone for Internet connectivity, the device will be able to access social media, instant messaging and
allow users to read ebooks via its e-ink paper display that enables its 1.73-inch long screen to be viewed clearly under sunshine. Sonostar said the watch is scheduled to hit the market in the third quarter with a price tag of $179. The frenzy over wearable technologies was sparked after Google surprised tech watchers by announcing it was developing a wearable computer with a head-mounted display, known as the Glass. Glass links to the Internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video are shared through the Google Plus social network. While rejecting the wearable idea of “glass”, Apple chief Tim Cook said last month that he preferred watches or other accessories during an interview in California. He forecast that there will be “tons of companies playing” in the wearable computing sector. Apple
has long been rumoured to launch an “iWatch” device to be worn on the wrist. Another example of wearable technology to be demonstrated at the Taipei show is the MindWave Mobile, a brain-computer interface which allows headset-wearing users to control computers and devices, as well as display brainwaves on screen. But despite the buzz about wearables, their future will be decided by whether their applications really meet the needs of consumers, analysts say. “If I had to make a prediction I’d say Google Glass is a Segway for the face,” Edward Tenner, author of “Our Own Devices: How Technology Remakes Humanity,” told AFP, referring to the personal transport device which failed to meet initial hype. More than 1,700 exhibitors will display their latest lines of products at 5,000 booths in the exhibition, drawing an estimated 130,000 visitors, including 36,000 visitors from abroad, the organisers said.
NEW YORK - Apple squares off with the US government in court Monday in a trial accusing the iconic tech firm of leading a conspiracy to boost the price of ebooks. The California technology giant is on its own in its fight against the US Justice Department, after five large publishers named in the 2012 lawsuit settled the charges. US antitrust watchdogs argue Apple orchestrated a collusive shakeup of the electronic book business in early 2010 that resulted in higher prices. The New York trial is expected to last three weeks, and comes with Apple under pressure for its slumping share price, eroding market share for its iPhones and iPads and accusations in Congress it avoided billions in taxes. Five publishers named as defendants reached settlements in which they agreed to terminate their ebook agreements with Apple. The largest settlement was with Penguin for $75 million, while a settlement with Hachette, Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster created a $69 million fund for refunds to consumers. Macmillan settled for $26 million. Apple chief executive Tim Cook has rejected the idea of a settlement because it would call for the company to sign an admission of wrongdoing. “We didn’t do anything wrong there,” Cook told a recent California conference. “We’re going to fight.” The government’s case centers on a period when Amazon dominated the ebook business, selling most bestseller titles for $9.99. Leaders of the major publishing houses held “CEOs dinners” in “private rooms at upscale restaurants” at which they discussed the threat from Amazon. Into this environment stepped Apple, which was readying the launch of its iPad. Rather than following the Amazon “wholesale” pricing model in which the retailer sets the price, Apple favored the so-called “agency model” where the publishers set the price and the seller -- in this case Apple -- received a 30 percent commission. The result was an increase in price to $12.99 or $14.99 for most books. Apple throughout the negotiations informed the publishers of the status of its dealings with other publishers. Apple was the “ringmaster” of the “conspiracy,” the complaint alleges. The government is expected to use emails and comments from the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, which indicated that as part of a deal to force a new pricing model, publishers should “hold back your books from Amazon.” “The sharply higher prices consumers have paid... are the direct, quantifiable result of defendants’ conspiracy,” the government said. Apple dismisses the “conspiracy” charge and said its negotiations with the publishers were “difficult and contentious.”
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September 11, 2012 ﬁle photo shows the Apple logo at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. Apple goes on the defensive June 3, 2013 with the start of a trial in which US ofﬁcials allege the company was the “ringmaster” of a conspiracy to raise prices of electronic books.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
11 Years of Gracie Kelly’s celebrated with Kilkenny IBP
KUTA - On Friday May 24th, Gracie Kelly’s, Bali’s 1st Original Irish Pub, celebrated its’ 11th anniversary. Gracie Kellys 11th Birthday was deﬁnitely one to remember with the launch of Kilkenny Irish Beer, which is now served on tap in Gracie Kelly’s Irish pub. Friends and long time supporters of the famous Gracie Kelly’s were invited to join this special evening to experience the unique Irish atmosphere and try a glass of Kilkenny beer for themselves. Gracie Kelly’s, located at the Bali Dynasty Resort, has been successful in the last 11 years, maintaining the Irish pub concept with its relaxed dining environment and traditional Irish entertainment. The unique concept and interior adopts the theme of a traditional Irish country cottage pub combined with the traditional Irish Shop pub theme, which recreates the ambience of an old-style
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general store that can be found in every small Irish town. Gracie Kelly’s prides itself on serving wholesome home cooked food,
specialities include beef and stout pie, bangers and mash and you cannot leave without testing Gracies Homemade Hot Sticky
Toffee Pudding Friends, regulars and media were welcomed and entertained by two real life mischievous
Calendar Event for May 1 through June 19, 2013 1 May Buda Kliwon Pahang Pura Luhur Puncak Padang Dawa Desa Bangli Baturiti Pura Silayukti Padang Bai Karangasem Pura Aer Jeruk Sukawati Pura Dangin Pasar Batuan Sukawati Pura Penataran - Batuyang Batubulan Pura Desa Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Pasek Bendesa Dukuh Kediri Tabanan Pura Kawitan Dalem Sukawati Gianyar Pura Kresek Banyuning Buleleng Pura Puseh Bebandem Karangasem Pura Sad Khayangan Batu Medahu Desa Swana Nusa Penida Pura Buda Kliwon Penatih Denpasar Pura Penataran Dukuh Nagasari Bebandem Karangasem Pura pasek Bendesa Tagtag Peguyangan Pure Pulesari - Bantas Kelod Desa Sibang Gede Abiansemal Pura Batur Sari Ubud Pura Penataran Agung Sukawati Pura Panti - Kucupin Ketewel Ketewel 6 May Kajeng Kliwon Uwudan Pura Pasek Gelgel Kekeran Dlod Yeh Mengwi Merajan Pasek Subadra Kramas Gianyar 9 May Tilem Sasih Jiyestha Pura Bujangga Waisnawa Gumbrih Jembrana Pura Dalem Desa celuk 11May Tumpek Klurut Pura Pasek Gelgel Banjar Tengah Buleleng Pura Dalem Pemuteran Desa Jelantik Tojan Klungkung Pura Pedarman bujangga Waisnawa Besakih Pura Taman Sari Desa Gunung Sari Penebel tabanan Pura Dalem Tarukan - Bebalang Bangli Pura Benua Kangin Besakih Pura Merajan Kangin (Ida Betara Empu Baradah) Besakih
12 May R edite Umanis Merakih Pura Parangan Tengah Ceningan Kangin Lembongan Nusa Penida Pura Desa Ubud 15 May Buda Wage Merakih Pura Bendesa Mas Kepisah Pedungan Pura Natih Banjar Kalah Batubulan Pura Desa lan Puseh Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Petitenget Kerobokan Kuta Pura Dalem Pulasari Samplangan Gianyar Pura Kubayan - Kepisah Pedungan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Gelgel - Tanah Pegat Tabanan Pura Paibon lan Pura Bengkel Sumerta Denpasar Pura Pasek Lumintang Denpasar Pura Panti Penyarikan Medahan Sanding Tampak Siring Pura Pasar Agung Banjar Dauh Peken Kaba Kaba Pura Dadia Buda Cemeng Pulasari Batuan Sukawati 21 May Anggar Kasih Tambir Pura Dalem Puri Batuan Sukawati Pura Dalem kediri Silakarang Singapadu Pura Dalem Sukawati Pura Dalem Lembeng Ketewel Sukawati Pura Paibon Pasek Tangkas Peliatan Ubud Pura Puseh Ngukuhin Kramas Gianyar Pura Pamerajan Agung Ki Telabah Tuakilang Tabanan Pura Karang Buncing Blahbatuh Pura Dalem Bubunan Seririt Buleleng Pura Desa Badung Kota Denpasar Pura Luhur Pedenganan Bedha Bongan Tabanan Pura Pucak Payogan - Lungsiakan Kedewatan Ubud Gianyar Pura Tanah Kilap “Griya Anyar” Suwung Kauh Denpasar Selatan
Pura Selukat Keramas Blahbatuh Gianyar Pura Dalem Tampuagan Peninjoan Tembuku Bangli Pura Waturenggong Desa Taro Pura Dalem Bentuyung Desa Ubud Pura Puseh Ubud Pura Dalem Puri Peliatan Ubud Pura Batur Hyang Bulan Muntig Karangasem 22 May Buda Umanis Tambir Pura Sari Banjar Titih Kapal Pura Gulamanikan Bendesa Manik Mas Serongga Gianyar 24 May Purnama Sasih Sadha Pura Amrta Sari Rempoa Jakarta Selatan Pura Maospahit Banjar Grenceng Denpasar 5 Jun Buda Kliwon Matal Pura Puseh lan Desa Sukawati Pura Pasek Gelgel Bebetin Sawan Buleleng Pura Maspahit Sesetan Denpasar Selatan Pura Pasek Bendesa Manik Mas Dukuh Kendran Tegallalang Pura Panti Pasek Gaduh Sesetan Pura Pedharaman Arya Kanuruhan Besakih 15 Jun Pura Puseh lan Desa Kota Gianyar Pura Luhur Dalem Segening Kediri Tabanan Pura Sang Hyang Tegal (TARO) Tegallalang 19 Jun Buda Cemeng Menail Pura Dalem Tarukan Cemenggaon Sukawati Pura Penataran Dalem Ketut Pejeng Kaja Gianyar Pura Puseh Manakaji Peninjoan Bangli Pura Kawitan Gusti Celuk Baler Pura Sada Pemebetan Kapal Mengwi Pemerajan Agung Ubud Pura Taman Limut Pengosekan Mas Ubud
Leprechauns, live Irish dance performances and entertained throughout the night by the Rais Paddies, the resident Irish Band.
Balinese Temple Ceremony EVERY Temple and Shrine has a special date for it annual Ceremony, or “ Odalan “, every 210 days according to Balinese calendar, including the smaller ancestral shrine which each family possesses. Because of this practically every few days a ceremony of festival of some kind takes place in some Village in Bali. There are also times when the entire island celebrated the same Holiday, such as at Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi day, Saraswati day, Tumpek Landep day, Pagerwesi day, Tumpek Wayang day etc. The dedication or inauguration day of a Temple is considered its birth day and celebration always takes place on the same day if the wuku or 210 day calendar is used. When new moon is used then the celebration always happens on new moon or full moon. The day of course can differ the religious celebration of a temple lasts at least one full day with some temple celebrating for three days while the celebration of Besakih temple, the Mother Temple, is never less than 7 days and most of the time it lasts for 11 days, depending on the importance of the occasion. The celebration is very colorful. The shrine are dressed with pieces of cloths and sometimes with brocade, sailings, decorations of carved wood and sometimes painted with gold and Chinese coins, very beautifully arranged, are hung in the four corners of the shrine. In front of shrine are placed red, white or black umbrellas depending which Gods are worshipped in the shrines. In front of important shrine one sees, besides these umbrellas soars, tridents and other weapons, the “umbulumbul”, long ﬂags, all these are prerogatives or attributes of Holiness. In front of the Temple gate put up “Penjor”, long bamboo poles, decorated beautifully ornaments of young coconut leaves, rice and other products of the land. Most beautiful to see are the girls in their colorful attire, carrying offerings, arrangements of all kinds fruits and colored cakes, to the Temple. Every visitor admires the grace with which the carry their load on their heads.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
‘World War Z’ London premiere
Jolie joins Pitt Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stepped out together Sunday at the premiere of zombie thriller “World War Z” - Jolie’s ﬁrst public appearance since announcing last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy. The couple said they had been moved by the outpouring of public support that followed Jolie’s disclosure. Jolie told reporters she felt great, and had “been very happy to see the discussion about women’s health expanded” by her announcement. “And after losing my mom to these issues, I’m very grateful for it, and I’ve been very moved by the kind of support from people,” she said. Jolie revealed last month in an oped piece for The New York Times that she had had her breasts removed after discovering she has an inherited genetic mutation that puts her at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer at 56, and the actress’ aunt died of breast cancer last month.
The 37-year-old actress revealed that, beginning in February, she underwent three surgeries - which she succeeded in keeping secret from the public - in which her breasts were removed, and later replaced by implants. She said the procedure had reduced her chance of developing breast cancer from 87 percent to under 5 percent. On Sunday the couple walked a black, rather than red, carpet at the world premiere of “World War Z,” which stars Pitt as a United Nations employee battling to save the world from a zombie apocalypse. The pair wore complementary black outﬁts as they signed autographs for fans in Leicester Square. Pitt said Jolie’s mastectomy and subsequent revelation had been “a very moving experience” for the couple, who
have six children. “I have such respect for her,” Pitt said. “The fact that she would not be frightened of this, what she would have to go through to do this, to take this specter away from our family and ensure that she would be there longer for our family, and the kids ... I get very emotional about it. “I did not expect what a tipping point, how much it would mean for others to hear her stories, others that might be wrestling with the same things,” he added. Rock band Muse performed an outdoor concert Sunday for the premiere of the shot-in-Britain ﬁlm, which producers hope will be a summer blockbuster. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at the Empire Cinema in London, Sunday June 2nd, 2013.
Douglas blames sex life for cancer battle VETERAN Hollywood star Michael Douglas blamed the cancerous tumour which developed in his throat three years ago on his sex life, in an interview published in Monday’s Guardian newspaper. The 68-year-old actor, who is starring as ﬂamboyant entertainer Liberace in latest movie “Behind The Candelabra” said the cancer was not a result of hard drinking and heavy smoking, and was instead caused by a sexually transmitted disease. “Without wanting to get too speciﬁc, this particular cancer is caused by HPV (human papillomavirus), which actually comes about from cunnilingus,” he explained. “I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. “And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it,” he added. His son Cameron is serving a 10-year prison sentence for drug possession
and dealing. The two-time Oscar winner revealed in 2010 that he was battling
with stage-four cancer, but beat the disease thanks to a gruelling programme of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. “I have to check in regularly -- now it’s every six months -- but I’m more than two years clear,” he said. “And with this kind of cancer, 95 percent of the time it doesn’t come back.” Research studies from Malmo University’s FacM ulty u of Odontology and in The New England Journal of Medicine both suggest a correlation between oral sex and throat cancer. HPV infection is also the cause of 99 percent of cases of cervical cancer, according to studies cited by b Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). Douglas’ wife, Oscarwinner Catherine ZetaJones, in April received J further treatment for bipolar disorder. The Welsh actress, 43, won an Academy Award in 2003 for her supporting role in “Chicago” and has h appeared in ﬁlms such AP Photo/David Azia, File as “Trafﬁc” and “Ocean’s Twelve.”
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